Grateful Dead Live at The Omni on 1989-03-27
AUD(Schoeps CMC-441's)>DAT>CDR; Seeded to etree by Tim W
Subject: Crowd energy made it happen...
The quality of these recordings, with a great mix between crowd and band, really captures the mood - the unforgettable "Lynard Skynard" cry after the first song - and the three or four piercing, earsplitting whistles my best friend made after some of the songs.
There was a feeling both nights that the place might just explode with peaceful energy at any moment. People were dancing in the halls of the OMNI. The cops were dumbstruck, unprepared. They mainly stayed outside and watched (the walls were all glass) in confused amazement.
What's really great is that our seats were second row Loge right above the Taper's section, so the tapes on the archives sound *exactly* like the concert sounded to us. Hearing it again after 20 years literally brought tears to my eyes during Cassidy, and the following night's Ramble on Rose and Wharf Rat. Jerry's voice was so good both nights and the production quality and overall sound was both heavy and crystal clear. When Phil would hit the bottom it was comparable to The Who or Metallica, but with the unspeakably beautiful and uplifting leads and trade-offs between Bobby and Jerry.
I saw a half-dozen other shows on this tour, and the playlists for these nights are not my faves, but the hard work the sound crew did to turn the cavernous OMNI into a music hall were the best I have seen there, consistently ('90 and '91 were also great-they got that place mapped out for sound). I think the huge size of the OMNI required higher volume levels than usual that resulted in the "bone crushing" sonic power on the rockier songs and a really different take on the quieter songs, since quiet was not really an option, but I'm a computer, not a sound, engineer-so this is just my best guess.
Regardless, these are good tapes (Thx to the Tapers!!!) of truly unique shows, and I rated it based on how happy these shows made me, and my friends, (who have all called and raved about the CD's I made and sent them) in hopes it will encourage others to enjoy these great recordings.
BTW, been a Deadhead since 11-11-71.... I'm convinced listening to this music will add years, happy years, to your life.
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Subject: A little uninspired
The scene: Kick off to the last spring tour with on-site camping. We had a sign on the camper for this whole tour that read “Paradise Waits: So keep the scene clean!” We had a full load for this tour on the bus, plus others in the convoy. In the bus were Larry, Peter, me and (? Dan? Who else?) Then Scott, Buddha, Chard, Hay, and Duckworth, plus others? were at these shows as well in various vehicles. We made friends with some people parked next to us (Ned and Susan), and Larry eventually hooked up with Susan, which is why he then moved out to Colorado after this tour to live with them. Worst move ever. Anyway, the entire tour was before us and the boys were definitely on the upswing, so we had great expectations! The venue was great – big open hallways with speakers for dancing.
The music: two new ones in the first set (Built to Last and We Can Run) start things off nicely – even if Brent forgot the words. Things are slightly sloppy, but that’s probably to be expected for the first show of a tour. Scarlet is mid-level energy. Same for Fire, until Jerry starts going OFF vocally on “fire, fire, fire FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE on the mountain!!” but the jams remain pretty low energy. If Mickey hits that damn electronic clap sound one more time, I may buy software to edit him out. Estimated>Eyes is good, but relatively uninspired. Bobby gets some energy going in Miracle. Standing on the Moon is the third new song of the evening, and this is a great one filled with optimism – as opposed to Built to Last and We Can Run, which are great tunes, but lyrically a little pessimistic. Lovelight is good with Bobby really trying to bring things up.
Subject: tour days
Pretty good sounding recording without too many crowd noise issues. 3 star sound, 4- star performance.
Subject: MOSTLY COVERED
Subject: Thanks to an overwhelmingly 'Hotlanta' warm reception, it just permeates carefree good times
2nd Set: 83 seconds of anticipation, whistling and clapping all for the pleasures of Miss "Scarlet." It's cherry with a particularly playful percussive jam as we head towards the inevitable "Fire." The crowd is giving back tons and the fierce, Hot choral reprise during the late 9's is alone worth the price of admission. "Estimated" is given the equivalent amount of effort and attention as the past two numbers, but it's not particularly thrilling, powerful or mind-numbing. It drifts with forward momentum into the "Eyes." No intro jam, but it's a pleasant steadying version...well-told and less clunky than you may imagine. "Drums" is a fluid tribal ceremony whereas "Space" provides for speculations. Warmer tones invite "The Wheel." It picks up speed and meaning halfway through. Rev those engines and get prepared for a good-times "Miracle." A sincere nicely sung, no frills Jerry wishing he'd rather be with you "Standing." A very clappable quite pleasant "Lovelite" closes out the set with a similiar 'Stranger'/Bobby in spotlight as seen in a previous version. Funny ending as it just sort of peeters out...not out of wantonness, but out of 'we've got to end this somehow.'
This crowd wants to cheer and move, and therefore this sloppy "US Blues" serves that purpose.
3 1/4 stars
but this Atlanta show really carrys a lot of magical memories for me. I remember walking out of the Omni after the show to a mild spring night, and seeing an imprinted image of Jerry on the side wall of the building--huge--like a film negative or something. I blinked several times and it would'nt go away. It was as if his image was burned into my brain, or at least my retinas. I had been sitting on Jerry's side all night, with my friend Mark Z, havin' a high time! I sometimes wish I could have started earlier, but I definitely consider myself lucky to have been able to catch the shows that I did between '88 and '95, particularly the earlier ones. I attended almost all of the other shows that the Dead played at the Omni--always a fun venue! I highly recommend this show--Jerry's singing it right to ya--IIII'd rather be with you!
Subject: Fire On The Mountain...FIRE!!!!
2 : to break into a conversation or discussion especially to express an opinion. And the opinion is: THIS Fire (and The Estimated Bobby Fanfare from Frost 5.10.86) literally puts the hair up on the back of my neck everytime I put it on . It is all about having the right situation and sound system.Try this -Garcia Brothers and Sisters-(as well as with The SBD Estimated 5.10) you alone or with one cat stand in the middle of two or four speakers and have no problems with being able to hit a full volume toward the end of this Fire - have room to move a little and close your eyes...I am telling you -there are not many moments where Garcia kicks some serious deadhead ass like this.
A girl jumped on the greyhound bus at the Greensboro stop on the way back to N.Y.C. from these Omni shows with the masters from all four sets. Denise-where are you? E-mail ME! firstname.lastname@example.org... I've had the 1st gens ever since and I dig the quality on mine a tad better. I pretty much disagree with a few reviews saying this was not a strong show. It was one of the strongest of my 100 plus experiences. The crowds energy + the bands energy+2hitsofA + the set list- I was, I swear to Jerome, muttering to cats around me in between the first four songs "all i wanna here is Candy man cassidy all I wanna hear is candy man cassidy" and just as my high was getting intense The dreamy Candy Man and the turquoise splashed Cassidy and then as I was getting my peak on my one and only Scarlet > FIRE < Estimated Eyes I love you people and I love the Grateful Dead.
Subject: nice aud !!! ( SET 1 )
Subject: In the mood for a 89 scarlet>fire
Subject: spring tour '89
Subject: Powerful Show
Subject: Spring '90??????
Subject: Jumpin Jerry!!
Jerry was bopping around on stage this night like he couldn't wait for every new day and every song to come out. You can clearly hear the audience digging Jerry's antics throughout this show. While its not a stellar show or recording by any means, I think the energy translates to the listener very well. This show has a special place in my heart... we all know how tight the band started getting after Jerry's coma in 86, but to me, 89-90 were the closest thing any of us younger folks could get to vintage Dead. And this show was the beginning of it all for me.
Subject: Reggae Fire
Subject: Rapp Fire !!!
Subject: first dead show
Notable for a strong Touch first-set closer.
The Scarlet>Fire smokes and has some nice Mickey 'clapping' that is interesting...
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